The crash could have been the result of mechanical failure, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
No facilities were destroyed on the ground. A technical malfunction could have caused the crash, the ministry said
On November 14, 2016 and December 4, 2016, a MiG-29K jet and a Su-33 fighter, respectively, rolled off the deck of Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and were lost at sea. Both planes were part of the aircraft wing of Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov during the operation in Syria.
Earlier in 2016, a Russian Aerospace Forces Mi-28N Havoc helicopter crashed near the city of Homs in Syria, killing both pilots, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.